During my recent trip to Shamwari we were surprised with a visit to Oceana Beach and Wildlife Reserve. Only a one hour drive from Shamwari (…and a one hour drive from Port Elizabeth Airport) in their comfortable small mini-van vehicles. Located close to Port Alfred on the warm Indian Ocean, Oceana is a magical place!
The lush green coastline vegetation meets the almost endless beachfront and right in the middle lies a unique lodge that will inspire you to return as often as you can! A combination of thatch roofs, wooden decks and endless views welcomed us as we arrived to a refreshing drink. We were soon taken around to see all the stunning facilities of the resort. From Lodge Suites located in the main building to Ocean Suites with expansive private decks to the fully self-contained Private Ocean House which sleeps six and is perfect for a family travelling together; all offer fantastic views!
You would not ever want to leave as they offer a rock pool, library for when the weather is not too good, a small curio shop, a central bar area, designed in such a way as to not interrupt your views of the ocean, and a lounge with similar views…..the games room downstairs offers a variety of games to keep you busy after dinner. Or like we did, after lunch.
This brings me to the meals. Oh my gosh! The best meal I’ve had in a long time! It looked good, tasted divine, was presented well and the service was excellent! What more can I say? The food is of the highest standard.
Although not to be confused with a Safari destination as such, Oceana also offers game drives on their private property and one can savour the close encounters with many antelope species, many of which are endangered as well as rhino.
After the game drive we were taken down through Milkwood forests onto the sandy beach by vehicle. If you really have nothing else to do….ha-ha, why not spend a day on the beach with a picnic basket from the chef and a bottle of bubbly to keep you going. If sand between your toes is not your thing, wooden deck provided!
Truly an amazing place all round. So why not add a couple of nights at Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve after your Shamwari safari to rest, relax and recharge the batteries before departing South African shores.